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“We Danced IN THE FAIRY RING”

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Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Decatur, Illinois
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123 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“We Danced IN THE FAIRY RING”
Reviewed 14 February 2012

Ya gotta love those Irish. We went to the Irish Inn and the first person we meant at the front desk was Jenna. She was a beauty ,that has a French accent, looks Indian, was of Mexican desent and worked at an Irish Inn. How global is that? When we told her we wanted soooo much to see the Irish dancers, she warn us the place could be pretty packed, but she would try to help us. She wasn't kidding the place was packed, but beautiful Jeana had reserved us a table front and center in the goregous dinning room. We loved the wonderful Irish dancers. It is so nice to see young people do such positive things and they were so talented. I've never seen feet move that fast, and then it dawn on me. Those feet had to have been sprinkled with fairy dust and that's how they glided so gracifully across the floor. We were tickled to contribute to the arts and help these young ladies follow their dreams.
The food was excellent. We had a Rueben and hamburger with a pretizel bun. Really different and delicious. The omlet and French toast was a delight. Never had French toast in the way they prepare it. It was amazing!
Our room was large, comfortable, clean and very quite. Before we left we danced in the fairy ring and hoped to mystically be transported to ancient celtic times. It was only 8 degrees so guess everything was frozen. We love this place ,and staff. Don't miss it. It's an adventure and wonderful experience for anyone and everyone.

Room Tip: We were in room 416, that was very quite, beautiful, spacious and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Macomb, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2012

Three words: Brian Buru Suite (spa package). It was heaven. The room, spa, entertainment, and staff were phenomenal. I would love to keep this little gem to myself, but alas, it was too wonderful a trip. =)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2012

We found the Irish Cottage to be very nice. It was very clean and the service was superb. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Frank O'Dowds was also a nice place to go unwind after a long day of shopping.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the upper floor which faces the back of the building. The back of the building...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

This is our second visit to this hotel. For both visits, we had a warm welcome and comfortable room along with a fine breakfast and entertainment on the weekend. The location is close to Galena attractions and other sites further afield. The hotel does have a pool and whirlpool which we had to ourselves when we happened to have used them. There is also a lounge area on the main floor with great chairs and a library of classic irish literature. If I return to Galena, this hotel would be my first choice for where to stay.

Room Tip: The view of the valley landscape on the back side is nice and probably better than looking at a park...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Itasca, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

My wife and I stayed at the hotel over the NYE break. The best things about the hotel are staff (extremely friendly and helpful), the location (just outside of town and a great view overlooking the valley... but it is right on Rte 20 so you may hear some semitruck traffic as well) and the bar (best tasting Guinness I have had in a long time and good bar food..little on the pricey side). I have stayed here before and will stay here again but the two things I disliked about the stay was the "hot breakfast" on Sunday... not hot, not very good and small portions... the continental breakfast on the other hand was just fine. The second thing was for a non smoking room... it stunk of smoke. Maybe it was due to New Year's Eve and people below us were lighting it up a little more but it was pretty brutal. The second night it seemed to lessen up quite a bit. It was never an issue during past stays. The hotel itself was very clean and the housekeeping staff did an excellent jobs with the room. The hotel is worth the stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a valley view and stay away from the bar/ lobby for more quiet... 4th floor preferably
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel

Property: Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel
Address: 9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Galena
#2 Family Hotel in Galena
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,517 - ₹ 12,711
Hotel Class:3 star — Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Also Known As:
Irish Cottage Hotel
Irish Cottage Galena

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